The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, organisers of the Scottish Game Fair, has today announced its decision to cancel the 2020 event, which had originally been postponed until October due to the coronavirus crisis.
In a statement released via the event’s website and social media channels, Hugo Straker, Chairman of the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, said:
“It is with deep and heartfelt regret that today we announce that we must cancel this year’s GWCT Scottish Game Fair. The event, which had already been postponed from its original July date, was due to take place on 2-4 October 2020 in the grounds of Scone Palace in Perthshire. Like many in the Scottish events industry we have been watching the Covid-19 situation closely over the last four months as we worked hard towards our new dates, and we had genuinely hoped the easing of restrictions would enable us to proceed. However, the understandable lack of clarity on the easing of restrictions on large events means it is simply too risky for us to continue with our plans.
“While we completely appreciate the reasons why the Scottish Government is not in a position to give us more clarity at this stage, it goes without saying that this difficult decision will have a detrimental impact on the events industry in Scotland, an industry already under tremendous financial strain. Our sympathies are with the great many businesses and individuals who work in sporting goods, land management, as well as the food and drinks industry, for whom the Scottish Game Fair is an important and key part of their calendar.
“We will be offering those who have bought tickets for this year’s Fair the opportunity to roll their tickets over to the 2021 event. Refunds will also be available. The Scottish Game Fair team will be in touch with all involved over the coming weeks.
“We are all very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to the 2021 GWCT Scottish Game Fair, the provisional dates for which are 2-4th July.”